Food Storage Guide

People often ask us about the freezer shelf life of various foods. The following chart outlines the maximum amount of time that foods should be frozen before being cooked or discarded. Also, to keep frozen foods fresher longer, make sure your freezer temperature is between 0 and -5 degrees. An inexpensive refrigerator/freezer thermometer (available at Belue Farms Natural Market) can verify the temperature for you.

FOODMONTHS IN FREEZER
Breads2-3
Cakes and pies4-6
Butter9-12
Cheese4-6
Eggs (uncooked whites only)9-12
Ice cream1-2
Bacon and sausage1
Beef6-9
Chicken6-12
Fish, fatty (i.e., salmon)2-3
Fish, lean (i.e., flounder)4-6
Ground beef
3-4
Pork chops, roasts4-6
Shellfish3-4
Smoked ham1-2
Turkey3-4
Fresh fruit8-12
Tomatoes3-4
Vegetables8-12